Careers and Employability Service

What can I do with my degree in Politics and International Relations?

Employers related to Politics and International Relations


Below are a selection of sites for employers related to Politics and International Relations.  See also the jobs boards under “Find a Job” for further useful links

UK Politics

  • UK Parliament website Includes lists of MPs and political parties (with links to their websites) and information about working for Parliament. Also has links to devolved parliaments and assemblies.

Public Affairs

  • Public Affairs Jobs “If you are a student or intern looking for your first paid job in a policy or public affairs role, you can give yourself the best possible chance of landing a role by reading our articles covering what kinds of jobs are out there, where they can be found, how to deliver an outstanding interview, and much more besides”.
  • PubAffairs (Public Affairs Networking) Network for the public affairs, government relations, policy and communications industry. The site includes a guide to working in public affairs, job profiles and the GraduateForward jobs board.

European institutions and related employers

For full details of these and other European organisations and the opportunities they offer, together with further information on careers in international organisations, see here

Other International organisations

  • NATO
  • UN Careers career options, career paths, internships, how to apply, etc.
  • Explore a career with the UN
  • UN Jobs  For current vacancies in the UN (at all levels). This can be searched by organisation, location, etc.
  • Cosmopolitalians Information for students, graduates and young professionals regarding jobs, internships, scholarships and volunteering opportunities all over the world, especially in European and International Organizations

For full details of these and other international organisations and the opportunities they offer, together with further information on careers in international organisations, see here


Individual think-tanks

Please note that the descriptions in the following listing are taken from the think-tanks’ websites and do not reflect the opinion of the Careers and Employability Service at the University of Kent.

  • Adam Smith Institute Works to promote libertarian and free market ideas through research, publishing, media commentary, and educational programmes
  • Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion The Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) is an ESRC Research Centre, core-funded by the Economic and Social Research Council since October 1997.
  • CFE Research Independent not-for-profit company specialising in providing research and evaluation services across a broad field of education, employment and skills
  • Centre for European Reform A think-tank devoted to making the European Union work better and strengthening its role in the world
  • Centre for Policy Studies The Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) develops and promotes policies to limit the role of the state, to encourage enterprise and to enable the institutions of society … to flourish.
  • Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs  Independent policy institute whose mission is to be a world-leading source of independent analysis, informed debate and influential ideas on how to build a prosperous and secure world for all.
  • David Hume Institute Non-politically aligned charity and company limited by guarantee aiming to promote the use of evidence in policy making.
  • DEMOS “Britain’s leading cross-party think-tank”
  • European Policy Centre Independent, not-for-profit think tank dedicated to fostering European integration through analysis and debate.
  • The Fabian Society Britain’s oldest political think-tank, founded in 1884.  Developing political ideas and public policy on the left.
  • The Federal Trust The Federal Trust is a think-tank that studies the interactions between regional, national, European and global levels of government.
  • Foreign Policy Centre Independent foreign affairs think-tank which aims to develop policy ideas and inclusive partnerships that promote a fairer world.
  • Institute for Development Studies leading global institution for development research, teaching and learning, and impact and communications, based at the University of Sussex.
  • International Institute for Environment and Development International development and environment policy research organisation
  • International Institute of Strategic Studies The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) is the world’s leading authority on global security, political risk and military conflict.
  • Institute for Public Policy Research “the UK’s leading progressive think-tank”
  • Joseph Rowntree Foundationworks for social change in the UK by researching the root causes of social problems and developing solutions
  • National Centre for Social Research Britain’s largest independent social research agency.
  • New Policy Institute research institute which produces evidence-based research on a range of social and economic issues
  • Policy Exchange Independent think-tank whose mission is to develop and promote new policy ideas which deliver better public services, a stronger society and a more dynamic economy
  • Policy Studies Institute Research on environment and sustainability-related policy
  • The Smith Institute Independent ‘think tank’ which promotes progressive policies for a fairer society.
  • Social Market Foundation Independent, non-politically aligned public policy think-tank whose work spans public service reform and the social market economy.

International development

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Last Updated: 03/12/2021